The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 49 of 268
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ble and La Belle went again to sound. They
found the entrance easy and gave it under
their hands. The I7th they fixed stakes to
mark out the way, that the vessels might
come safe in. All things seemed to promise
a happy event.
The I8th the Chevalier d'Aire came
ashore to confer with M. de la Salle, who,
being desirous to have the flyboat L'Aimable
come in that day, ordered the most
weighty things in her to be unloaded, as
the cannon, the iron and some other things.
It was my good fortune that my chest stood
in the way, and also unloaded, but that unlading
could not be done till the next day,
being the Igth. That being performed, the
Captain affirmed it would go in at eight feet
The 20th M. de la Salle sent orders to that
Captain to draw near the bar and to come in
at high water, of which a signal should be
given him; he also ordered the pilot of the
bark La Belle to go aboard the flyboat, to
be assisting when it came in. The Captain
would not receive him aboard, saying he
could carry in his ship without his help.
All these precautions proved of no use; M.
de la Salle could not avert his ill fate. He
having taken notice of a large tree on the
bank of the river, which he judged fit to
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Cox, Isaac Joslin. The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6103/m1/49/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .